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21 Nov 10 Is Facebook Killing All Other Social Networks?

According to CompetePro data, Facebook has recorded a year-on-year growth (between October 2009 and October 2010) of 22% to take its unique users tally to 133.5 million from its previous 109.7 million mark. In just one month (between September 2010 and October 2010), Facebook grew by 2%.

This is the month where Twitter has witnessed a negative growth of 9.4% on its September number which was 28.3 million. If we see year-on-year growth of other two social networking giants LinkedIn and MySpace than we will see a similar decline in the number of unique visitors. MySpace has recorded a negative growth of 20.5%, and it has fallen from 73 million unique visitors to 58 million, and LinkedIn has recorded a 4.7% negative growth, taking its tally from 14.6 million unique visitors to 13.8 million uniques.


Why I think Facebook is killing others?

We all have a finite 24 hours in a day, which we distribute (unevenly) on the works we do, and we have only so much time for social sites or Internet surfing. Seeing the average time spent by users on Facebook, which is in excess of 40 minutes a day, I think, people hardly get time left for other social networks.

Not only that, our habit of unevenly spreading time, also leaves us wanting for more time, which for many could mean cutting back on time spent on the Internet. And as people are more or less addicted to Facebook, time spent on other social sites drops down, which in the long term means, pulling out of these websites.

How they can survive?

For social networks like LinkedIn and twitter, which are not direct competitors of Facebook, developing a Facebook application could be a way, or may be not.

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12 Sep 10 Effect of Recession on Family Structure in the US

Has the recession aftected the way family unit is organized in the Untited States? Is it the recession that forced 1 in every 10 kids live with his or her grandparent (s)? An analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau data done by Pew Research Center suggest that it is so.

the U.S. Census Bureau data indicats that there has been a sharp rise in number of kids staying with their grandparent or grandparents between 2007 and 2008. In 2000, total number of American children living with their grandparnets was 2.5 million, wich rose to 2.9 million in 2008. ThIere has been a sharp rise of 6% in this figure between 2007 and 2008.

It has been found that 41% of children (4 out of every 10) who live with their grandparents are also raised by the grandparents only. In the analyzed period (between 2000 and 2008), the number of grandparents functioning as a prinary caregiver to the American kids has also increased to 2.8 million in 2008 from 2.4 million in 2004, which is an 8% increase. 5% of which has increased between 2007 and 2008. It seems recession definetly has affected the way family unit organize itself in the US.


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